AMD processors have had a good year. In fact, in recent years, the AMD vs Intel the battle has warmed up considerably, with AMD constantly rising to the top of the pile, even beating Intel in the desk space thanks to its Ryzen 2nd Generation potato chips. And, last year in 2019, Team Red upped the ante with its Ryzen 3rd generation processors Directed by the Ryzen 9 3950X, which is the first 16-core processor to reach the main market, these next-generation AMD chips are giving Intel a chance for its money.
But they are not the only AMD processors that have proven competitive. Due to the fact that AMD chips are generally more affordable than their rivals without compromising performance, they are a better value for their money. In fact, Intel needs Bring out some new silicon to counter the threat of AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs – although Intel promises Come to AMD with your Comet Lake chips, starting with your 10-core flagship capable of boosting 5.1GHz.
We bring together the best AMD processors of all current generations available. We have all the best hits from AMD, from the budget Ryzen 3 2200G to the incredibly powerful Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. We have also tested all these AMD processors, so you can be sure that you are getting the value of your money. If you are looking for one of the best AMD processors, you will surely find something on this list.
The best AMD CPUs at a glance
- AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
- AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
- AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
1. AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Cores: 12 | Threads: 24 | Base Clock: 3.7GHz | Booster Watch: 4.6GHz | L3 cache: 64MB | TDP: 105W
The included heatsink may not be enough
The Ryzen 9 3900X is the most powerful main processor in the AMD line, or at least it will be until the Ryzen 9 3950X comes out. Without advancing to the HEDT market, this processor destroys absolutely everything in its path with its multi-threaded performance, beating Intel at the same price. That is, despite the single core performance of this chip, which is still marginally slower than Intel. If you are looking for the best absolute processor that money can buy in the conventional market, you have found it.
Read the full review: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
2. AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
The best AMD gaming processor
Cores: 6 | Threads: 12 | Base Clock: 3.8GHz | Booster Watch: 4.4GHz | L3 cache: 32MB | TDP: 95W
It includes a cooler
Still 6 cores
With impressive multi-threaded performance and competitive performance even in the most intense single-threaded applications, this mid-range chip can't help taking the throne as the best AMD gaming processor. And, AMD Ryzen 5 3600X doesn't just stop there: it takes that stage of performance with limited budget to a new level, with higher IPC performance (instructions per clock), along with higher clock speed, while maintaining the same price point.
Read the full review: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
3. AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
The best AMD processor with a budget
Cores: 4 | Threads: 4 | Base Clock: 3.5GHz | Booster Watch: 3.7GHz | L3 cache: 4MB | TDP: 65W
Fast enough for an HTPC
It is not the fastest chip.
Build a home theater PC? The trick is to find affordable parts that do not require much power. With only a 65 W TDP and a very affordable price tag, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G is, without a doubt, one of the best AMD processors for HTPC compilations. This is a single-threaded chip and does not have the highest clock speeds, so it is definitely not ideal for playing. But, at this price, it doesn't need to be that way. Also, if you're only playing PC games in 1080p, you should be fine.
Read the full review: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
4. AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
The best high performance AMD processor
Cores: 16 Threads: 32 Base Clock: 3.5GHz | Booster Watch: 4.4GHz | L3 cache: 32MB | TDP: 180W
Good single core performance
Cheap for HEDT
Any PC hardware enthusiast will want to pay attention to this AMD processor. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950WX is probably the best introduction to the HEDT hardware you could ask for. It is also affordable: for an HEDT chip, and its 4.4GHz impulse clock in 16 cores and 32 threads means that it will provide you with a formidable performance of one or more threads. It doesn't come with a CPU cooler out of the box, but when you enter this realm of PC hardware, you are expected to bring your own cooler anyway.
Read the full review: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
5. AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
Cores: 32 Threads: 64 Base Clock: 3.0GHz | Booster Watch: 4.2GHz | L3 cache: 64MB | TDP: 250W
Better value than Intel
This is the big one. The Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is the fastest of the AMD processors you can buy today, without dropping batteries on an Epyc chip. This absolute beast of a processor is equipped with 32 cores and 64 threads, not to mention, a 4.2GHz pulse clock. Combine all that with the 64 MB cache and you will have one of the most powerful chips on the market. Just keep in mind that with your 250 W TDP, you will need considerable cooling to keep temperatures under control.
Read the full review: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
Michelle Rae Uy also contributed to this article.
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